10 Days of Giving: Participating Businesses and Schools in the Winona Area

Thank you to the following businesses and schools for participating in the 2015 10 Days of Giving food drive. To donate to this year’s 10 Days of Giving, place the non-perishable food items in a bag under the lobby Christmas tree at any Winona Merchants Bank location, or in the collection barrel at any Winona Area School or participating business. Monetary donations also encouraged.

Bluffview Montessori School
Central Lutheran Church Child Care
Community Kids Preschool
Cotter High School
Cotter Junior High School
Goodview Elementary School
Hope Lutheran School
Jefferson Elementary School
Lewiston-Altura Elementary School
Lewiston-Altura High School
Lewiston-Altura Intermediate School
Living Light Children’s Ministry
Madison Elementary School
Redeemer Lutheran Preschool
Ridgeway Community School
Riverway Learning Community
Rollingstone Community School
St. Charles Elementary School
St. Martin’s Lutheran School
St. Mary’s Primary School
St. Matthew’s Lutheran School
St. Stanislaus Elementary School
Washington-Kosciusko Elementary School
Winona Area Learning Center
Winona Middle School
Winona Senior High School

A&W Restaurants
Acoustic Cafe
Acuity Brands
Adventure Cycle and Ski
Affinity Plus
Affordable Septic Service
Alliant Castings
Altra Federal CU
American Legion Post 9
Autowerks Tire & Tune
Baby Bean
Baker Shoes
Bay State Milling
Behrens Inc
Benchmark Electronics Inc
Beno’s Cheese & Deli
Best Toy Shop
Bloedow Bakery
Blooming Grounds
Bluff Country Co-op
Boardwalk Tanning and Fitness
Brian’s Toys
Brookdale Winona
Bub’s Brewing Co.
C.D. Corporation
City of Goodview
City of Winona – City Hall
Clean Sweep Chimney Service
Coca-Cola Bottling Company
Coldwell Banker Skeels/Moore & Associates
Companion Animal Care Center
CPI Binani, Inc.
Cross Fit Warrior Risen
Culligan Water Conditioning
Cytec Fiberite
Dahl Automotive Winona Inc
Dahl Buick Pontiac GMC
Dairy Queen
DCM Tech
Diocese of Winona
Edge Church
Edward Jones
Engrav’s Decorating Center
Enlightened Equipment
Equality Die Casting
Express Employment Professionals
Fastenal Company
Fawcett-Junker Funeral Homes
Flowers On Broadway
Goltz Pharmacy
Goodson Manufacturing Inc.
Goodview Activity Group
Gordie’s BP
Green Mill Restaurant & Bar
Ground Round Restaurant
Gunderson Lutheran Eye Clinic
Hal Leonard Publishing
Harley Davidson Shop of Winona
Hiawatha Broadband Communications
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Insty Prints
Jefferson’s Pub & Grill
Kendell Lumber
Key Real Estate
Knitcraft Corporation
Kwik Trip Stores
La Boutique
La Crosse Mail and Print Solutions
Ledebuhr Meats
McDonald’s “Amberwin LLC”
Merchants Bank
Midtown Foods
Midwest Metal Products
Miller Ingenuity
Minnesota State Southeast Technical College
Mississippi Welders Modern Ready Mix
Mugby Junction
Peerless Chain
Perfect Fit Plus Size Consignment LLC
Pet Medical Center
Pieces of the Past
Plaza Hotel
Plumbers Mechanical Group LLC
Quality Vac & Sew
River Hills Dental
Riverport Inn & Suites
Riverside Electronics
Rogan’s Shoes
RTP Company
Saint Mary’s Press
Schott Distributing
Senior Friendship Center
Snap Fitness
Sole Sport
St. Casimir
St. Mary’s University
Sugar Loaf Ford
Sugar Loaf Senior Living
Taco Johns
Technigraph Corporation
The Kensington
Thern, Inc
Volkmann Appliance
Ward’s Riverside Cabins
Water Systems Company
Waterfront Family Dentistry
Watkins, Inc
Watlow Controls
Wellingtons Pub & Grill
We-no-nah Canoe
Willet Hauser Architectural Glass
WinCraft Inc
Winona Agency
Winona Bowl
Winona County
Winona Daily News
Winona Elks Lodge
Winona Family Dental Care
Winona Family YMCA
Winona Health
Winona Homes/Premier Homes
Winona ORC
Winona Public Library
Winona Rental
Winona Sandwich Co
Winona State University
Winona Workforce

Help Us Support Your Local Food Shelves


Voting is open now through Thursday, December 10 for Swipe Out Hunger. Cast your vote for your local food shelf and they could receive up to a $5,000 donation. Follow the instructions below to vote:


You may place a vote for the same food shelf once a day. Nominated food shelves include:

Apple Valley and Rosemount – The Open Door
Caledonia, Lanesboro, Rushford and Spring Grove – SEMCAC Food Shelf
Cannon Falls – Cannon Falls Food Shelf
Cottage Grove – Friends in Need Food Shelf
Eau Claire – Feed My People
Hampton – Randolph Community Food Shelf
Hastings – Hastings Family Services
La Crescent – La Crescent Food Share Program
Lakeville – 360 Communities
Onalaska – The Hunger Task Force of La Crosse
Red Wing – Red Wing Area Food Shelf
St. Charles – Southeast Minnesota Rural Education & Resource Center
Winona – Winona Volunteer Services

Swipe Out Hunger is a Merchants Bank initiative to support local food shelves in our communities. Food shelves are nominated by our branches and receive a donation based on the number of votes cast through our Facebook page. The total possible donation will increase based on the number of times our customers use their Merchants Bank debit or credit cards between November 30 and December 10.


Merchants Financial Group, Inc. Increases Dividend by Three Cents Per Share Based on its Performance Through the First Three Quarters of 2015

Rod Nelson, President/CEO

Rod Nelson, President/CEO

Merchants Financial Group, Inc. (MFGI) reported net income of $10,168,380 for the first three quarters of 2015, more than $400,000 ahead of last year’s pace of $9,749,529, according to MFGI President & CEO Rod Nelson.

Based on the performance, the MFGI Board of Directors voted to increase the shareholder semiannual dividend by three cents to 53 cents per share, Nelson said. The dividend will be paid to shareholders of record as of November 20, 2015.

“The reason for the strong performance is consistent with the factors that have driven our organization over the past several years: exceptional commercial loan growth compared to our peers, mortgage volume that has exceeded our plan and sound credit quality,” Nelson said.

Nelson said the Merchants organization is performing well at all of its 21 bank locations, and he expects the positive trend to continue.

Jim Peterson Joins Merchants Bank as a Commercial and Ag Banker

Commercial Banker

Jim Peterson, Commercial and Ag Banker

Jim Peterson has joined Merchants Bank in Cannon Falls as Vice President and Commercial and Ag Banker, according to Brian Hokanson, Senior Vice President and Senior Lender for Merchants Bank.

“We believe Jim’s skills, especially in the area of ag lending, are a tremendous fit for our focus as a bank, but, more so, the right fit for our current and future customers,” Hokanson said.

Peterson has 16 years of commercial lending experience, working both in North Dakota and Minnesota. In addition to serving the needs in the Cannon Falls area, Peterson will also work with Ag customers in the Rochester area.

“The areas of focus that are important to me are also important to Merchants Bank,” Peterson said. “It has a great reputation for taking care of the immediate and long-term needs of its customers. I’m happy to be part of the team.”

Peterson is a native of North Dakota and graduate of North Dakota State University, with a degree in Agricultural Economics. He has a long history of community involvement and a love for the outdoors, including time serving on the Advisory Board for the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department. Jim and his wife, Tina, are looking forward to being active members of the Cannon Falls community.

Loans are subject to credit approval.